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sound political art, and the sound of our politics
In an increasingly conservative climate within electronic music and the audio arts, Public Record remains committed to releasing projects that do more than make political claims or represent political ideas. Like the Ultra-red organization itself, Public Record provides a space for exchange between artists and audiences of art directly engaging the political.
The German art critic Walter Benjamin once rebuked the Surrealists, demanding that artists who assume the mantle of revolutionaries would do better engaging actual political struggles than promoting their individual artistic careers. Benjamin challenges artists to pursue sustained and committed relationships with social movements.
Conversely, simply listening to political movements poses its own inadequacies. Convention and territorialism inflict many political organizers producing tendencies that result in stagnation. Leadership too often becomes a claim to power rather than a participatory process.
Artist: Laurence Rassel & Terre Thaemlitz
Title: The Laurence Rassel Show
Series: Articles of Incorporation
Produced for German Public Radio by musician and trans-activist Terre Thaemlitz in collaboration with Laurence Rassel of Brussel's cyberfeminist collective Constant. The album combines original and liberated music with spoken word examining the gender politics of the copyLeft. An album so cutting edge German Public Radio banned it from broadcast. Also starring Tina Horne, Pierre De Jaeger, Nicolas Malevé, Femke Snelting, Marie-Françoise Stewart, Aiko Tsuji and Wendy Van Wynsberghe. http://www.ultrared.org/publicrecord/archive/2-01/2-01-014/2-01-014.html